The independently owned Community Bowling Centers accommodate bowlers of all ages and abilities, featuring bumper-equipped lanes and lightweight balls designed for the hands of pintsize players. At 10 smoke-free locations throughout the region, guests enjoy open hours in addition to league opportunities and special events. The onsite bar serves ice-cold cups of soda or beer, which guests may raise in toasts to friendship and man's ability to hydrate himself. On select evenings, the alley lights turn down and the ethereal illumination of Glow N Bowl takes over with laser-light shows and fog machines. As balls roll down phosphorescent lanes, a sound track of thumping beats and alien distress calls saturates the space.
Looking to put a new spin on a classic family activity, the minds behind Glowgolf decided to give the game a phosphorescent update. Incandescent courses place friends and family amid a tropical-fantasy golf world of neon orange, green, and violet surroundings. Players putt luminous orbs through vibrant treasure chests and glimmering windmills while negotiating tricky obstacles near walls portraying black-light-lit aquatic scenes. With more than 20 locations spread over 10 states, Glowgolf's fluorescent labyrinths challenge human players and traveling gnomes.
At AirTime Trampoline & Game Park's 28,000 sq. ft. facility, kids find a better surface for jumping than their parents' bed: wall-to-wall trampolines. But jumping isn't just for kids, as WDIV declared AirTime the Best Amusement Center in 2014. The trampolines are marked with age recommendations depending on their bounciness, just like every sidewalk square.
When they're not jumping, visitors can dive into pits teeming with Olympic-sized foam blocks, dodge missiles on one of two dodgeball courts, or slam dunk a basketball. High-energy music is always playing, but on weekends things get really interesting. That's when the park brings in local bands or DJs hold court every Friday and Saturday night. AirTime also hosts birthday parties and group events.
No art school degree is necessary to paint at Wine and Canvas--all participants need is a canvas, art supplies, and an apron, all of which are included in each class. The local artist instructor gives step-by-step directions throughout, helping students select their colors and turn the canvas right side up. Drink specials add to the festive milieu, and afterwards, participants can take their paintings home with them.
Motor City CrossFit's certified trainers coach saplings 5–13 years old during 45-minute fitness classes, customizing age-appropriate workouts designed to strengthen and condition youthful edifices. One of the seasoned staffers closely supervises varied exercises, which are each formulated as fun activities, for safe and efficient workouts. In addition to buttressing their pintsize biceps, kids will also hone their problem-solving skills as they strategize to achieve the best results while completing exercises such as lifting tractor tires, pushing vehicles, and bench pressing tricky algebra problems.
The 300-foot straightaway comes to an end in one of six wheel-testing curves. The Honda 6.5-horsepower engine hums in anticipation. The moment foot touches pedal, hydraulic brakes give their answer and the racing wheels cling to the textured concrete as the go-kart deftly whips through the turn. Coming up on the end of an eight-minute streak of adrenaline, racers zip past the final stretch of the 1/5-mile race track, tearing ahead of each other as the computerized timing system clocks each score to fuel future bragging rights and rematch challenges.
From Kart 2 Kart's caf? and bar, applause rises as family, friends, and opponents sizing up the competition send their appreciation down to the track, which they've been watching as they nosh on a selection of snacks and beverages. Juniors, meanwhile, wait their turn to hit the blacktop in age-appropriate Formula-K karts. Before strapping in, all racers receive instruction and a safety lesson, during which they learn how to operate the equipment, then strive to set records that can earn them a spot on the website's scoreboard.